History SoYouWantTo / WriteTheNextXFiles

8th May '14 1:13:03 PM XFllo
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There is the choice of who your BigBad AncientConspiracy Whatever might be. For ''TheXFiles'', it evolved over the years - first, it was the mysterious Cigarette Smoking Man. Then there was the Syndicate, then the Rebel Aliens and...well, it got complicated, so just trust us on this. For your show, however, it doesn't have to have anything to do with aliens at all. Make it something supernatural or just plain ordinary (but not too ordinary).
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There is the choice of who your BigBad AncientConspiracy Whatever might be. For ''TheXFiles'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', it evolved over the years - first, it was the mysterious Cigarette Smoking Man. Then there was the Syndicate, then the Rebel Aliens and...well, it got complicated, so just trust us on this. For your show, however, it doesn't have to have anything to do with aliens at all. Make it something supernatural or just plain ordinary (but not too ordinary).

Now, about your plotting: Try to decide whether you're a giant MythArc series ''or'' a one-shot MonsterOfTheWeek series. While it's possible to have both, it's also likely to result in a muddle. (Still, you might play those one-shot monsters as a ChekhovsGun: [[WMG/TheXFiles Wild Mass Guessing]] has concluded that should those aliens in ''TheXFiles'' ever attempt to take over the world, they'd be soundly whupped by all the monsters that are already there.)
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Now, about your plotting: Try to decide whether you're a giant MythArc series ''or'' a one-shot MonsterOfTheWeek series. While it's possible to have both, it's also likely to result in a muddle. (Still, you might play those one-shot monsters as a ChekhovsGun: [[WMG/TheXFiles Wild Mass Guessing]] has concluded that should those aliens in ''TheXFiles'' ''Series/TheXFiles'' ever attempt to take over the world, they'd be soundly whupped by all the monsters that are already there.)

''TheXFiles'' had this neat gender-switch going on. See, generally speaking, when you have an OddCouple and it's split between Facts and Beliefs, the ''man'' takes up the banner of Facts and the ''woman'' takes up the banner of Beliefs. Not so here (except when Mulder and Scully argued over ''religious'' beliefs).
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''TheXFiles'' ''The X-Files'' had this neat gender-switch going on. See, generally speaking, when you have an OddCouple and it's split between Facts and Beliefs, the ''man'' takes up the banner of Facts and the ''woman'' takes up the banner of Beliefs. Not so here (except when Mulder and Scully argued over ''religious'' beliefs).
16th Sep '13 4:37:37 PM Tarlonniel
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''TheXFiles'' had this neat gender-switch going on. See, generally speaking, when you have TheOddCouple and it's split between Facts and Beliefs, the ''man'' takes up the banner of Facts and the ''woman'' takes up the banner of Beliefs. Not so here (except when Mulder and Scully argued over ''religious'' beliefs).
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''TheXFiles'' had this neat gender-switch going on. See, generally speaking, when you have TheOddCouple an OddCouple and it's split between Facts and Beliefs, the ''man'' takes up the banner of Facts and the ''woman'' takes up the banner of Beliefs. Not so here (except when Mulder and Scully argued over ''religious'' beliefs).
4th May '13 2:10:32 PM MikuruFan
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Here's something you can't watch out for: ExecutiveMeddling. Any time you start a series with a potentially huge and long-term arc, particularly one steeped in mystery or character development, you run the risk of [[TooGoodToLast getting cut]], getting messed with, having your most inspired ideas [[ExecutiveVeto shot down in flames]]...
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Here's something you can't watch out for: ExecutiveMeddling. Any time you start a series with a potentially huge and long-term arc, particularly one steeped in mystery or character development, you run the risk of [[TooGoodToLast [[ScrewedByTheNetwork getting cut]], getting messed with, having your most inspired ideas [[ExecutiveVeto shot down in flames]]...
27th Dec '12 10:08:23 PM DoctorNemesis
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If you're going for a MythArc, it's a good idea to try and plot out some idea for how you want the arc to proceed over the course of the series -- TheChrisCarterEffect is named after the creator ''The X-Files'' for good reason, since it can quickly become apparent if you're just making stuff up as you go along or if you're just stringing a plot out without ever intending to (or knowing how to) resolve it. Obviously the realities of media production and the simple fact of changing your mind can mean that you might not be able to stick to this plan without making any kind of amendments at all, but it's a good idea to at least know generally where you want to end up in advance.
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